Moon landscape

Djibouti, lake Abbe, moon landscape,
Djibouti, lake Abbe

Lake Abbe is a salt lake on the Ethiopia-Djibouti border, created by the inflow of the Awash river, that create, on its way to lake Abbe, five more connected lakes: Gargori, Laitali, Gummare, Bario and Afambo.

The lake is 243 m’ above see level, it is 170 sqMi, and has depth of 35 m’.

Lake Abbe is in the heart of Afar depression, a unique geological place, since it is the only place in the world where a continental plate (Arabia-Africa) is presently breaking apart !   Even more: In this unique point, Lake Abbe,  three plates (continents) are separating from each other! It is called the Tectonic Triple Junction.

The limestone chimneys seen in the photo, are the  result of the tectonic movement!

Not far from lake Abbe   were discovered  the most ancient of crudely cut ‘chopper’ type stone tools, dating three million years!